Over the past several decades, Silver Springs has had a dramatic decline in its flow by more than 50 percent as well as increases in nutrient pollution, because of excessive groundwater withdrawals, poorly treated wastewater, and excessive use of fertilizer.
From The Sierra Club
The last thing Silver Springs needs is an additional, dramatic loss of the groundwater that feeds it. But that is what Adena Ranch (a cattle feeding and slaughterhouse operation) wants; and the St. Johns River Water Management District is preparing to give. Adena Ranch is asking for a permit to withdraw 13.2 million gallons of water per day for 30,000 cattle and a slaughter house -- more water than the daily consumption of the entire City of Ocala, from the aquifer that sustains Florida's most beloved, iconic springs.
The Yellow marker on the map is the ranch location, thanks to Walter for putting all the spring on his site with map location